Grand Central Publishing has released the cover for “Shooting Scars,” the second book in the Artists Trilogy, which will be released on August 20th, 2013. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Dead Sky Morning is 99 cents: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Morning-Experiment-Terror-ebook/dp/B005VB5BIO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3
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THEN get on board with the EIT Reading Challenge leading up to the June 23rd release of Book #7, COME ALIVE
Hey, so to kick off The Artists Trilogy going from indie-published to traditionally-published, Natasha is a Book Junkie is hosting one fantastic giveaway (also a great reason to snap up Sins & Needles and On Every Street for just 99 cents). This only runs till June 4th, the date that Hachette takes over, so get on it while you can!
Click here to enter: http://www.natashaisabookjunkie.com/2013/05/31/giveaway-the-artists-trilogy/
In preparation for the upcoming Experiment in Terror book, Come Alive (#7) on June 23rd, I thought I would do a giveaway. Cuz, hello, more Dex coming at you!
You can win a signed copy of the novellas And With Madness Comes the Light AND On Every Street (from The Artists Trilogy), plus two magnets.
The contest is open internationally and will run until Friday May 31st!
TO ENTER you must provide your favorite Dex quote below. If you do not have one, please tell me why you’d like to get to know Dex Foray. Comments are being moderated because of sneaky spam, so your comment won’t show up right away but I’ll still be able to see it, so don’t worry.
********ONCE AGAIN — TO ENTER YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR FAVORITE DEX QUOTE — OR IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES YET (AND YOU SHOULD GET ON THAT, btw) — TELL ME WHY YOU’D LIKE TO GET TO KNOW DEX FORAY. If you just thank me for the giveaway, it’s not enough. You must comment on one of those two specific things. Put your ass into it, you know? Thank you! *************
Here’s the thing. I’m pretty good about letting some things slide — you kinda have to be when you’re a writer. I mean, hello, just look at any bad review. If someone doesn’t like what you’ve written, there’s little you can do you change their mind. So let it go (easier said than done, of course, but I’ve had practice).
But, when people have the wrong information or the wrong idea about something, well that’s a different story. I have to put things right.
Ever since I announced that Grand Central Publishing was pushing back the release date of Shooting Scars to August 20th, I’ve gotten a hell of a lot of backlash. This was to be expected - in fact I voiced this concern to my editor and she understood. But this was their decision, not mine and I stand by them because I believe they know what they’re doing (read to the end to find out what that is) and HELL they are MY publishers. This is my dream! Of course, they don’t deal with the backlash…I do.
And, frankly, in some cases like on Facebook or Goodreads, it’s been a bit…harsh. Like, you want to hurt me kind of harsh (and I am a fairly delicate flower, so…)
Look, I understand being disappointed. I’M disappointed. I’m used to the “press publish” method of self-publishing just as you’re all used to “one-click” buying. I’m used to finishing a book, editing it, publishing it. I’m a very fast writer and a very fast publisher and I like to get things out to you as soon as possible (hence why I’ve published thirteen books in two years). But, this isn’t how the real publishers do things. They take their time (and this is a good thing).
So you can be disappointed all you want and I’m right there with you. I GET IT! You can cry and scream and be sad about the book being pushed back and I’ll cry and be sad, too. Honestly.
But, and here’s where things get tricky; I’ve noticed some people getting really angry and some false information about me going around. Most notably, that I’m in charge of Shooting Scars release date, that I somehow have the power over the dates and that it’s my fault the book is pushed back– in short, I’m doing this on purpose.
I am not an asshole. I swear.
I like to think of myself as a fairly engaging and generous author. Aside from trying to publish a lot of books for people to enjoy, I also host a looooooot of giveaways. I try and answer all my emails. I provide teasers. I give away ARCs (essentially FREE books) to a boatload of people and not all of them bloggers. Some of them just ordinary people who love to read.
I try and keep people happy because readers are my everything. So it breaks my heart when people get the idea that I’m doing this to piss people off or to just fuck with people or I don’t care about my readers or I don’t know what.
Does that sound like something I would do? Look, I’ve pushed back release dates on my self-published books before and I’ve admitted it. I said “hey you know what, Come Alive is going to be published in June because I’m bumping up Shooting Scars till May.” I got some backlash on that too, but at least that was fair — I was in charge of the dates. It was in my control. That’s what self-publishing is all about.
But Shooting Scars is NOT a self-published book. The Artists Trilogy, starting June when GCP Forever releases it under their name, is no longer self-published. It started out that way but was bought by a big ass big six publisher (see: my dream), something I always wanted for this series. Now my series can go beyond the 30K people who have bought a copy (thank you!) and now hundreds of thousands of people might get hooked on the Ellie/Camden/Javier train through Grand Central Publishing’s skilled hands. They can reach faaaaar more people than I ever could on my own.
Because it is not self-published, I do not control the release dates. I am just the writer. AND I LIKE IT. It’s fucking NICE to be able to just write and not worry about anything (except pissing off people, apparently). I don’t have to manage the release, I don’t have to plan the publicity attack. I don’t have to find an editor and a cover and format the book. They do it all for me. That is the number one draw of going with a publisher (that and seeing your book in bookstores everywhere).
I just wish my readers were excited too. I know pushing back the release dates have made the excitement levels drop and I hope to balance them out with more giveaways and posting whole chapters and more teasers closer to the release date. I know it’s tough to wait for a book. In fact, if I could go back in time I would have stuck to the original release date for Shooting Scars, which was July. Yup. I was first going to publish it in July, but then I saw so many people upset over the cliffhanger and bumped it up to May. I hate disappointing people, but what can you do…
I hope that cleared things up, or at least made you realize I am not doing this, it is out of my hands. My readers mean everything to me (as I blogged about before, the reason I went with Grand Central Publishing is because the release date for SS was going to be in the summer and the third book would be published in 2013 as well.…most other publishers would spread the series out more and push it back by a year — I was not going to sign any deal that would do that). I would never pushback the release date if I could help it.
Now, I must go back to writing Shooting Scars. Since I signed the deal, the deadline got extended by two weeks so I’m still plowing through it.
**** For those interested in the publishing process, here’s why the real reason why the release got pushed back *****
Publishing houses have a schedule of books to be released. This schedule is usually made a YEAR in advance, at least. Remember, self-published books going to traditional is a VERY new thing. Normally, books are chosen through agents. The agent submits the author’s work to the editors, they look it over, and if they like it, they make a deal. The book then goes through a VERY long editing process and a very long cover process and a very long marketing campaign. Mary Sue’s book “Vampire boyfriend” would be submitted to the publishers and a year or two later the book would finally come out. You know how they work…look at any trilogies, like Divergent. Roth signed the deal for those books at least a year before they were published. And all the book releases are spaced a year apart.
Publishing houses are slooooooow.
So let’s look at GCP. They probably have a schedule all set for book releases this year. They can’t all release their books on the same days (always a Tuesday) because they won’t be able to donate as much marketing time. They want every book to have their moment in the sun. So they space them out — this thriller here, this romance there. It’s been set like that at least a year in advance (remember the majority of the books are traditionally published and are still going through the stages).
Then I come along. They want my books. They want to sell Sins and OES and market them. Normally, a publishing house would say “okay, let’s release Sins in June and then OES over Christmas. THEN Shooting Scars the following June and since we are feeling generous, the third book in Xmas 2014″- they want to donate as MUCH time as possible into marketing the shit out of Sins before the release the other books. Remember, I’ve sold X amount already — they need to make their purchase of the books worthwhile. They need to reach people too.
But GCP, god bless them, said, “Hey we’ll release Sins and OES in June, and then spend June and July marketing them, then release Shooting Scars in July and then book#3 in October.” And then they are like SHIT…we have SO many books lined up for July, that it wouldn’t be fair for Mary Sue’s “Vampire Boyfriend” a book that’s been made ready for a year, to suddenly get the shaft. We’ve devoted so much time and money to it already.
So then they say, okay, well if we won’t move Vampire Boyfriend, then we’ll move Shooting Scars since we just bought it. It’s just a month. People will understand. And that way, instead of trying to market both those books at the same time, we can give Vampire Boyfriend the spotlight and then the next month do the same for Shooting Scars.
And that’s what happened. Shooting Scars got moved to August 20th because it was the better date for both them and I. Book #3 got moved to October 15th for the same reason.
There was no spite here. Nothing malicious. It’s just the way they work and it’s 100% out of my control. I am a new-ish author with a modest (by their standards) amount of success who has never had a publishing deal before. They are a big publishing corporation who have been doing this for decades. I trust them.
And I hope you trust me.
First, let’s get the bad news out of the way.
I know I said Shooting Scars was coming out in July, but it just got pushed back to August 20th. Why? Grand Central Publishing’s team felt they could do me and the book better justice this way and donate more manpower to publicity. It’s a pretty good reason that I think will benefit everyone in the end.
They know that you, the readers, will be disappointed by this news and they want to appease you (and me!). I will be working with GCP’s publicity department to come up with some treats for you — maybe along the lines of posting the first chapter to soften that Sins cliffhanger blow? Maybe giving away THREE Camden bracelets in this blog post? Well, that’s not a maybe…I’m going to personally do it, so keep reading to enter.
So there you go. August 20th is the official release date of Shooting Scars (will be on Nook as well as Amazon and all the major e-retailers at the same time).
Book #3 Bold Tricks (working title) is being released on October 15th. Hey, just a two-month wait!
Sins & Needles and On Every Street will both be taken over by the publishers next month in early June. This ALSO means that On Every Street will finally be available on Nook at that time.
Once again, I’m sorry to disappoint you with this pushback but there’s obviously very little that I can do about it. The publishers said they’d try to get it published in July but sometimes things don’t work out and they are trying to get things to work in my favor.
So, please, keep that in mind. It actually hurts my soul to see readers being upset with me over this or upset in general. Your support for me and my new publishers is MUCH appreciated.
Meanwhile, here’s the NEW cover for Sins & Needles.
Yup! It’s pretty much the same, except white font and my name is ridiculously big. So happy they kept the cover, I love it!
Have you missed all the teasers I’ve posted about Shooting Scars so far? Take a look:
Back to the first “I want to make you happy” giveaway. Three Camden bracelets here. I just got them today and am really happy with them!
The winners will receive one of these as well as a signed surprise goody! To enter, just leave a comment below and on May 14th (the date I hand in Shooting Scars to my editor!) and I’ll pick three winners. Open internationally!
I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet, like the Oscar acceptance speeches are expected to be – but like them, don’t be surprised if I drone on and on and am cut off by the music.
I have accepted an offer by a major “Big Six” publisher for The Artists Trilogy, which includes On Every Street, Sins & Needles, Shooting Scars and Bold Tricks (the tentatively titled last book). All books will be published this year in e-book format and late 2014 in mass market paperback.
*confetti gun goes off*
This is THE dream of all dreams for me. I wrote my first novel in 2009 (Darkhouse, EIT #1) and self-published it on May 13, 2011 (after a few more books were written). Since then, I have written and promoted 13 books and I NEVER ever thought this day would come. I always felt like my writing was unnoticed and underappreciated. I felt like the geeky kid who can’t sit at the cool kids table (and I still feel like this). I felt like the validation I needed, wanted, craved was always out of my hands, a dream belonging to someone else.
I felt like this for two years. But I persevered. I kept writing, kept trying to do my best. I sacrificed sleep, friends, a social life, fitting into my clothes, spending quality time with family, exercise, traveling, EVERYTHING. I invested money in it that, for the longest time, I NEVER saw come back. I felt like a lone soldier, just working her ass off, sometimes while holding down a day job and sometimes while working 10 hour days of just writing until my brain started to bleed. It’s been hard. It’s been tough. No one ever said being an indie author was easy but I never thought it would be SO hard. I never thought I would lose so much in pursuit of my dream.
But, slowly, eventually, after about a year and a half of selling 0–20 copies of my books a month, something changed. Thanks to bloggers like Maryse, The Bookish Babes and Forever Young Adult, and the hardcore fans who have been there since the start, people started to notice Dex and Perry and Experiment in Terror.
And after they noticed that, they noticed Sage and Dawn from The Devil’s Metal.
And then they noticed Ellie and Camden (and Javier) and Sins & Needles.
And publishers noticed it too.
So, finally, I feel like all my hard work is finally being recognized, finally paying off. I’ve made my friends proud of me (they can point to the books when they come out in bookstores and say, “I know that dork!”), I’ve made my parents proud of me (they can tell their friends that their daughter is “actually” published, since the older generation doesn’t really get the whole self-pubbing thing and our family overseas will be able to pick up MY BOOKS at the airports), I’ve made my fiancé proud of me (who has seen me struggle for far too long) and I’ve made ME proud of me. Because I made it – I finally did it. I got a traditional publishing deal. My books will be in bookstores everywhere in 2014. I will have the backing of a huge corporation and editors who believe in me. I am PROUD of myself and all the blood that went into it.
But…and here was the question that always nagged at me since the beginning of negotiations – would my READERS be proud of me?
You see, dear readers, I was terrified of telling you this. Because everyone knows now that books get pushed back when a publisher takes them on. And from some of the angry comments I had already received from people who hated the way Sins & Needles ended, I knew I was going to make a lot of people mad at me. They weren’t going to be happy for me. They wouldn’t be proud. They would be upset that Shooting Scars got pushed back from May and nothing else would matter.
So, I kept that thought at the forefront of negotiations. If the book was going to be delayed more than I thought necessary, I wouldn’t sign the deal.
I’ll repeat: I would rather give up my dream than majorly disappoint and anger my readers.
Thankfully, it didn’t have to be that way. The publisher understood how important it was to get Shooting Scars out there. They didn’t want to delay it for the sake of delaying it (even though it does benefit them to do so). They understood. They are awesome like that.
And so I said yes.
So here it is:
Shooting Scars is getting delayed until July 2013 (ironically, that was the original release date I picked for the book before I moved it up to May). It’s just two months. It could have been a lot worse. It was the best I can do and believe me, that was the latest I would allow it to be pushed back.
On the plus side: the book will stay around the same price of Sins & Needles (definitely indie-priced) AND the final book in the series will be published sooner than I had originally planned. I was thinking November for Bold Tricks but it appears to be bumped up to September. So yes, more waiting in the short-term but less waiting in the long-term.
Now I know some of you are angry and I’ve been waiting for the retaliation. And I understand the disappointment. I really do! I wish it could come out in May, too (though this does give me more time to work on it and make it amazing). But as another author said to me, the true fans will wait. They will understand. And they will be proud of what you’ve accomplished.
I hope you’re all just as proud as I am
PS — Come Alive, the 7th Experiment in Terror book is still coming out in June (mid-month it seems). I WILL have lots of awesomely awesome TAT (The Artists Trilogy) giveaways and swag plus lots of teasers to keep you game.
PPS I am doing a LOT of book signings this year — there’s RT in May, Maryse’s Book Bash in Orlando in June. There’s an east coast signing or two (or three) later on. Even one in the desert. Since I will soon have to pull my paperbacks of Sins & Needles and On Every Street very soon — and the paperbacks from the publisher won’t be out till next year — I advise you to buy them from Amazon now, while you can.
PPS I will let you know the name of the publisher once the ink on the contract has dried
These paperbacks won’t be available for very long, same goes for Sins & Needles, so if you haven’t bought a paperback copy yet, I would strongly advise you to do so or forever hold your peace
I know June is a long ways off (at least it might feel that way to some people — not me!) but since I *sorta* leaked the cover to this at the Boston Author Event, I figured I should make it official.
And without further ado, here is the cover for Experiment in Terror #7 — Come Alive:
It’s one thing to bring the woman you love back into your life. It’s another to try and keep her there. For Dex Foray, convincing Perry Palomino to open herself to their burgeoning relationship has been more challenging than hunting ghosts, battling demons and stalking Sasquatch combined. Add in the fact that the only way they can keep their Experiment in Terror show running is to take on a third partner in the form of the mysterious Maximus Jacobs — all while investigating a sinister voodoo sect in New Orleans — and you’ve got the perfect Southern storm and a recipe for disaster. Luckily, Dex has never been one to back down, even when his life –and heart — are on the line.
Come Alive is told from Dex’s POV.
Release date: Sometime in June (I’ll let you know when next month).
Inspiration: Like I do with most books, this is named after a song. These lyrics from the Foo Fighters “Come Live” really resonate for me:
Nothing more to give
I can finally come alive
Your life into me
I can finally breathe
I lay there in the dark
Open my eyes
You saved me the day that you came alive